|10k race in September with taped leg that didn't feel great afterwards.
So what's the injury? Ah ha! The million dollar question! I don't know. Yes, that's right - after seven months of weekly Dr and physio visits there is still no real definite answer to this. At various times, sometimes simultaneously and sometimes in seemingly random rotation, I've had groin pain, adductor pain, inner quad pain and knee pain. Am I incapacitated and in agony? No. Can I run without discomfort and normal volume? No. My longest run since BMO Vancouver marathon in May is about 22km. I used to run more than that day in day out. Maybe that's the problem, maybe I've just run out of miles in my legs? I don't know and I kind of doubt it, but many days I believe that. I've had some 80 - 100km weeks with only annoying discomfort but I've never had a stretch of pain free running and certainly never got anywhere close to my previous usual of 160kms or so per week. It's like my body has just decided to quit running. I've recently taken a week off and then tried 3 x 30 to 40 min jogs over the space of 5 days, I've still got niggling pains.
I don't want to make this a pity party and nor do I want to use Dave Mackey as a benchmark for everything, but let's just say - I've not had to have a leg amputated. Yes, Dave has and if you don't know him and need some perspective on life, then read this. We're cheering for you all the way Mr. Mackey! He's just going about life being himself but he doesn't need to do anything else to be hugely inspiring - both in past years and now.
|Dave and I, American River 50, 2011?
Most of all this is a post to update but also give out some thank yous and hugs. I have seen many medical professionals who have gone above and beyond to try fix me. Dr. Jim Bovard does not give up and that is a very valuable quality in a sport medicine Dr because there are times that the athlete wants to give up. He hasn't let me. I've seen three highly qualified physios - Chris Napier, Marilou Lamy and Carolyn Bliss. The sort of physios who see you in their own home on their day off or lend you their own personal core shorts to see if they can help. More recently I have also seen Dr. Jean Gillies who examined me from head to foot and had to show me how to get out of her building when it was all locked up as the appointment had gone way beyond clinic hours. It's back to more physio tomorrow to look at a slightly new angle.
More thank yous should go to my sponsors: Salomon, Clif Bar, Drymax Socks, Flora Health and Sundog Eyewear. I would understand if any one of them dropped me as ultimately I was signed to represent them through running and racing, something I'm not doing an awful lot of right now, but they are still here with me and I truly appreciate that.
A huge thank you should also go to Michelle Ford. Michelle is a friend and personal trainer who I have worked with since the start of this year (pre-injury). She's challenged me with tough but fun workouts and modified things when needed to work around the various aches and pains. I might not be running fit right now but I am decently strong thanks to Michelle.
The hugs should go to Abby Zoomer and Anne-Marie Madden. AZ tolerated a very slow cyclist over the summer months and now the snow has started to fall, we've had some fun snowshoe hiking adventures at a less than brisk pace. Dr. AMM is not only a very smart Doc but most importantly she is a very good friend who is there for advice, hiking and runs when I feel able to try that, despite having a very busy schedule of her own. Thank you you two for being awesome!
|My longest and most fun run since May with two superstars :)
I would say roll on 2017 but who knows what 2017 will bring. But I will wish you all a super time over the holiday season and good luck in your races for next year (especially to my super Sharman Ultra Coaching clients who have made me very proud with some excellent results this year!).
|As I coach online it's always fun to meet clients in person rather than on Skype. With Steve in The Lakes, April 2016.